[Dshield] New system startup safety query

Neil Richardson neilr at ieee.org
Thu Mar 6 03:23:01 GMT 2008

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on 2/27/2008 12:03 AM Synergx said the following:
> Gentles --
> Is it reasonable to start up a new (Gateway XP Media Center 05)
> system behind a NAT router and use it to fetch its own updates?
> Thanks and regards,
> DG Beierl

I recently learned of an interesting tool from the Security Now!
podcast and thought I'd throw it out there for your (and others')

It's called "Offline-Updater" by a German tech magazine called "c't",
but it's got an English-language version[1] available.  A transcript
of the show[2] is available (scroll down/search for "Josef Ender" to
find the start of the discussion) but basically it asks what language
and version of Windows you want to get patches for, goes out to
Windows Update and grabs them (including service packs), wraps an
install script around them and burns everything to an ISO (based on
your choice of OS version or language).  To use, you put the disk into
the machine you want to update and run it; any missing patches are

I've tried it a couple times on OEM-SP2 virtual machines and so far
not had any problems (obviously, YMMV  ;-).

If nothing else, the time saved by not having to download all these
patches (especially the service packs) across the Internet over and
over might warrant a look.

[1] http://www.heise.de/ct/projekte/offlineupdate/download_uk.shtml
[2] http://www.grc.com/sn/sn-124.htm

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